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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: Professional Student
Program Description:

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M4 International Elective Grant


Since 2003, the Medical School Dean has supported opportunities for fourth year medical students to participate in international clinical electives. These electives are considered a priority for students as a "capstone" to their educational training because they expose students to health issues and health care systems far different from our own. They provide students the opportunity to gain perspective on the US health care system and on the issues of global health. The purpose of these awards is to help reduce the financial burden of these rotations for students interested in pursuing this experience.


This scholarship is available to 4th year University of Michigan Ann Arbor medical students who are registered as full time students at the time of the elective. Funding will be only given for rotations in the institutions listed as below. Applications must demonstrate how this experience could not be obtained through a similar domestic rotation.

Please Note: There may be other things that the Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE) requires before your elective location is approved. Check OMSE's website for additional requirements. Students whose elective is not approved by OMSE ARE NOT eligible for the Global REACH grant.

Grant Amount

Students are eligible for $1,500 if they complete their elective at one of the following institutions:

  • University of São Paulo: Medical School in São Paulo (Brazil)

  • University of São Paulo: Institute of Biomedical Sciences (Brazil)

  • University of São Paulo: Institute of Biomedical Sciences in Rondonia (Brazil)

  • University of São Paulo: Medical School in Ribeirão Preto (Brazil)

  • Peking University Health Science Center (China)

  • Peking Union Medical College Hospital (China)

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)

  • Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou (Taiwan)

  • Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Ecuador (Ecuador)

  • Millennium Medical College, St. Paul’s Hospital (Ethiopia)

  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana)

  • University of Cape Coast (Ghana)

  • University of Development Studies (Ghana)

  • University of Ghana (Ghana)

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (India)

  • Jose Domingo de Obaldia Hospital for Women and Children (Panama)

  • University of Panama (Panama)

Students are eligible for $500 if they complete their elective at one of the following institutions:

  • Technion Israeli Institute of Technology (Israel)

  • Universita Di Firenze (Italy)

  • Okayama University Medical School (Japan)

  • University of Tokyo (Japan)

  • Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru)

  • National Taiwan University (Taiwan)

Scholarship Requirements

This is a competitive grant application. Successful applications will include thoughtful responses, complete sentences and correct grammar. The application should be original and written in your own words - even if you will be rotating with a fellow students. For sample answers that successful applicants have written please click here,  MED: Global REACH M4 Grant Application - Sample Answers

More informaiton can be found on our website.

Grant Exceptions: This is a travel grant that is contingent upon students documenting how the funds will be spent. Valid receipts for travel and lodging expenses must be submitted at the conclusion of travel.  Student must reimburse Global REACH for unspent funds. If frequent flier miles are used to purchase airline tickets, for example, students must present alternative receipts that total the amount of the grant. Expenses that are tax deductible or considered "donations" are not reimbursable by the University.

Application Deadline and Decision Date

This program accepts applicants on rolling basis. Application needs to be submitted 60 days before the travel date. Applicants will be notified via email whether they received the Global REACH.

Contact Information

Global REACH
Victor Vaughn Bldg, 2nd floor
1111 East Catherine Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2054

Phone: 734-615-4549

Questions about an M4 Elective in Brazil?
Michele Heisler

Questions about an M4 Elective in China?
Amy Huang
Phone: 734-763-6461

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 07/31/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.